Edgewood-Colesburg dropped a competitive 49-38 girls basketball game to Central Elkader in Colesburg, Jan. 3, to open the new year before going back to the Tri-Rivers grind and falling, 59-24, at Alburnett the following evening.

Ed-Co coach Jenny Lange was happy with the way her team competed coming out of the holiday break.

“This was the best game we have played yet this year,” said Lange.

Trailing Central 9-4 after a quarter, the Vikings got back in the game midway through the second period when freshman post Annie Hoffman notched a pair of baskets and added a free throw to get Ed-Co within 13-10. Liz Meisner then hit a jumper and added another for three points to give her team a 15-13 advantage.

After Central regained the lead, Bailee Helle’s three put Ed-Co back on top at 20-19 with only seconds to go, but when the Vikings lost track of Central’s Hannah Erickson as time expired, she converted from three-point range at the buzzer and it was a 22-20 Central lead at the break.

Helle scored again from three-point range to start the second half to give Ed-Co a 23-22 lead and scored again to regain the lead at 25-24. After Central’s Danielle Weber hit a three, Hoffman tied it at 27-27, but Central made a 12-2 run in the next three minutes, with Haley Fitzpatrick’s basket on a nice high-low the only Viking score.

Chezney Priem converted after a steal to get Ed-Co within eight at 39-31, but that was as close as things would get. Hoffman kept the Vikings in striking distance with a pair of fourth-quarter baskets but Central made enough plays down the stretch to secure the win.

“I am seeing improvement and the girls are transferring what we do in practice to the games,” said Lange. “We are continuing to have our focus be growth and improvement.”

Ed-Co’s leaders against Central were: scoring — Hoffman 15, Helle nine, Meisner seven, Fitzpatrick five, Priem two; rebounds — Hoffman 10, Fitzpatrick seven, Priem six, Ashley Hogan three, Lily Aulwes and Meisner two, Kelsey Hansel one; assists — Priem three, Meisner and Fitzpatrick two, Hansel one; steals — Helle two, Priem, Meisner, Rose Heuchelin and Fitzpatrick one; blocks — Fitzpatrick two.

The next night, Alburnett jumped to a 19-4 lead after a quarter, and overwhelmed Ed-Co, limiting the Vikings to only 26 shots in a 59-24 win.

With the score 53-17 after three quarters, the continuous clock rule was in effect for the final period when Ed-Co outscored the Pirates 7-6.

Madison Osborn scored 20 points and Maddy Schuchmann 18 for Alburnett (8-3).

“We played defense well,” said Lange. “We are starting to play fast but made way too many turnovers they were able to score on. If we fix that we’ll be in good shape.”

Ed-Co’s leaders against Alburnett were: scoring — Fitzpatrick seven, Hogan six, Hoffman and MacKenzie Schmitz four, Heuchelin three; rebounds — Hoffman eight, Fitzpatrick five, Hogan four, Priem, Schmitz and Natalie Wessel one; assists —Pr iem, Hoffman, Hansel, Schmitz and Fitzpatrick one; steals — Hoffman, Meisner and Fitzpatrick three, Ella Aulwes two, Lily Aulwes and Wessel one.